Grandson turned 18 and all child support payments stopped. Do you stop collection on payments in arrears?

Q) We had guardianship of our grandson for 8 years. The Courts awarded child support from both mother and father, both are in great arrears. When our grandson turned 18 and graduated school all child support payments stopped and we stopped getting statements. However our account was charged even though no monies were collected. Do you stop collection on payments in arrears once the child turns 18?

A) Child support orders typically end when the child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. However, past-due child support arrears do not automatically end when the child reaches the age of majority. The arrears may still be owed and may continue to accrue interest until paid in full.

If child support payments were being collected through a state agency, you may want to contact that agency to inquire about the charges to your account and request an accounting of any arrears that may still be owed. If payments were being made directly to you by the parents, you may want to consider consulting with a family law attorney in your state to discuss your legal options for enforcing payment of any remaining arrears.

NOTE: Rules for Back Child Support: Regardless of state differences on the age of majority, once the child is officially considered an adult, the custodial parent will not be owed any new child support payments. However, any outstanding payments are still collectible provided the parent files a court order. Source:

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